Anzac, Alberta

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Anzac is located in Alberta
Location of Anzac in Alberta

Anzac is a hamlet in northern Alberta, Canada within the Regional Municipality (R.M.) of Wood Buffalo.[1] It is located on Highway 881 along the east shore of Gregoire Lake, approximately 36 kilometres (22 mi) southeast of Fort McMurray.


Anzac welcome sign

Anzac was named for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who surveyed the area during World War I for construction of the rail line to Waterways, Alberta.

Originally named after Willow Lake, the previous name of Gregoire Lake, the community were mostly non-status or non-treaty Cree Indians whose forefathers had migrated to the Athabasca Basin area from what was to become northern Manitoba; mostly displacing the original Beaver and Chipewyan occupants of the area.

During World War II a road was built from the rail siding to service and construct an American army base on Stoney Mountain.

The area has seen significant growth corresponding to that of Fort McMurray and the oil industry.


The population of Anzac in 2012 was 714 according to a municipal census conducted by the R.M of Wood Buffalo.[2]

As a designated place in the 2011 Census, Anzac had a population of 585 living in 202 of its 272 total dwellings, a -2.7% change from its 2006 population of 601. With a land area of 8.15 km2 (3.15 sq mi), it had a population density of 71.78/km2 (185.91/sq mi) in 2011.[3]

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  1. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (2010-04-01). "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities". Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  2. ^ "Municipal Census 2012: Count Yourself In!". Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. p. 24. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and designated places, 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-04-06. 

Coordinates: 56°26′56″N 111°02′12″W / 56.44891°N 111.03676°W / 56.44891; -111.03676